Dean Andersen, MEd, joined the Missouri Telehealth Network in September of 2018. His focus is to recruit health care providers to participate in Show-Me ECHO project. Prior to this, Dean worked with the Institute for Human Development at the University of Missouri – Kansas City as coordinator for the Missouri State Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Implementation Grant, building support and awareness for individuals who experienced TBI. Dean has also spent several years building grassroots support for municipal health polices throughout mid-Missouri.
Christy Bauer joined Missouri Telehealth Network in April 2019. As a Replication Coordinator, she assists in the replication of Show-Me ECHO project and ensures follow up with replication partners to sustain relationships and ensure fidelity to the ECHO model.
Previously, she worked in the Office of Advancement for University of Missouri Health Care where she focused on coordinating events for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital.
Christy graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Dawn Bax joined MTN as the senior business support specialist in January 2017. She assists MTN and Show-Me ECHO with accounting needs such as budgeting, financial monitoring and reporting, grant processing and reporting, contracts and annual agreement renewals, as well as bill processing. She also supports the human resource functions for MTN.
Dawn studies business management and human resource management at Columbia College. She has previous experience in banking, accounts receivable/payable and office administration.
Mirna Becevic, PhD, is the assistant research professor of telemedicine for the Department of Dermatology. She has worked with MTN in different capacities since March 2007, and primarily has focused on research since 2014.
Mirna is the lead evaluator for the Show-Me ECHO Project. In addition, she leads other telehealth-related studies at the University of Missouri.
Mirna has a doctorate in health informatics, a master’s degree in health administration and bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology.
Associate Director of Outreach, Communication & Education
Lindsey Beckmann joined the MTN staff in July 2016 as a replication coordinator for the Show-Me ECHO project. In January, 2019, she was promoted to Associate Director of Outreach, Communication and Education. Prior to joining MTN, she was the Associate Director for Continuing Medical Education and has worked for the University of Missouri for 13 years.
Lindsey oversees all marketing and outreach initiatives for Project ECHO. She is also responsible for developing and facilitating trainings for Show-Me ECHO teams, as well as for outside organizations wanting to replicate the ECHO model. She strives to continually improve relationships with partners to support progress and success for the ECHO project.
Tammy Bedford joined MTN as a Business Support Specialist II in January 2020. She assists MTN and Show-Me ECHO with financial reporting, reconciliation and oversight of department accounts, as well as contracts, purchasing and payments.
Previously, she worked for the Department of Geological Sciences at MU where she aided in the hiring process and helped maintain Camp Branson Geological Sciences Field Lab. Tammy also monitored grants; completed travel & expense reimbursements, purchase orders, voucher payments; reconciled One Cards, µCT Core lab billing and MyZou class scheduling.
Tammy has a Bachelors in General Studies from Columbia College.
Vonciel Beiswinger joined Missouri Telehealth Network as an Office Support Assistant in June 2020. As Office Support Assistant, she provides general/routine administrative office support for the daily operations of the Missouri Telehealth Network.
Prior to MTN, Vonciel was a Business Education Teacher/Public School Administrator for 23 years and Office Support Assistant to Pediatric Psychology for the past two years.
Vonciel holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Southwest Missouri State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Columbia College, and Certification in Public School Administration from Lindenwood University.
Rebecca Chitima joined Missouri Telehealth Network in January of 2020. She provides technical support for the Show-Me ECHO Project in evaluation and research, performance measures, data systems, and quality improvement. Rebecca is a public health researcher with 15 years of experience in applied research and program evaluation in the areas of health services, maternal and child health, cancer, HIV and plant pathology. Prior to this position, she worked with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as a research analyst in the Office of Epidemiology, providing data support for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV), Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Program and Missouri Public Health Information Management System (MOPHIMS).
Ms. Chitima has a B. A. in Biology from Grinnell College, an M. Sc. in Plant Pathology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M. P. H. from Saint Louis University.
Lauren joined the MTN staff in December 2019 as a Telehealth & ECHO Coordinator. As a Telehealth Coordinator, she assists patients in connecting with specialty care providers via telehealth to help give access to underserved populations. She also serves as a coordinator for Show-Me ECHO, facilitating communication among the clinic experts, primary care providers, and their support staff.
Prior to joining MTN, Lauren worked for Burrell Behavioral Health as a Community Support Specialist and interned at the University of Missouri Health System. She graduated from the University of Missouri in December 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Leadership and Policy.
Senior Medical Director of MTN, Show-Me ECHO and the Center for Health Policy
Senior Medical Director of the MTN and Show-Me ECHO, and the Center for Health Policy
Karen Edison, MD, is a strong advocate for patient-centered health care having cared for rural, underserved patients with skin disease using teledermatology throughout Missouri from 1995 to 2019. She cared for patients at the University of Missouri Health Care for 30 years and was Chair of the Department of Dermatology for nearly 16 years. From 1999 to 2001, she served as RWJ Health Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate where she was instrumental in the legislative expansion of Medicare reimbursement for telemedicine services.
Through her leadership at the Missouri Center for Health Policy and the Missouri Telehealth Network, Dr. Edison has helped lead work with the State on telemedicine policy, Medicaid data analysis, and has led efforts funded by regional foundations to improve health equity and foster health literacy for all Missourians. She served as clinical lead for Missouri’s highly successful Regional Extension Center and she serves on the Executive Committee of the Missouri Health Connection, Missouri’s state-designated health information organization. As Senior Medical Director of the Show-Me ECHO program, she has helped lead and grow the program from 2 ECHO programs in 2014 to 18 ECHO programs today.
Shelly Gooding joined the MTN staff in February 2017 as a telehealth coordinator. She has various experience in the health care, teaching, foster/adoptive care and managed health care. Shelly serves as a liaison between medical providers and telehealth site coordinators. She assists patients in connecting with specialty care providers via telehealth to help give access to underserved population. She is responsible for assisting in the maintenance and the expansion of telehealth activities. Shelly also serves as a clinic coordinator for the Show-Me ECHO project, facilitating communication among the clinical experts, primary care providers, and the support staff.
Shelly attended University of Missouri and Columbia College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with emphases in nursing, education and social work.
Wendy Hough joined the Missouri Telehealth Network in November 2012. In November 2019, she was promoted to a Telehealth and Show-Me ECHO Coordinator. As a Telehealth Coordinator, she assists specialty care providers in connecting with patients via telehealth. As a Show-Me ECHO Coordinator, she is responsible for several ECHOs over various healthcare specialties. She facilitates communication among the clinical experts, primary care providers, and the support staff.
Wendy started at MTN as an Office Support Staff and was responsible for the daily needs of the network. Wendy has worked at the University of Missouri since July 2010. Before joining MTN, she worked as a PSR at the Thompson Center, where she also served as the telehealth coordinator and scheduled all appointments.
Joe Kingsbury began with the Missouri Telehealth Network in September 2019 as the Associate Director of Operations. Joe comes to MTN from the Missouri Department of Mental Health where he worked as the Central Region Director of the Office of Licensure & Certification in Jefferson City, MO, from 2015 to 2019, and prior to that served as a police officer and detective for the University of Missouri Police Department in Columbia, MO, from 2009 to 2015. Joe was also the Assistant General Manager at Westfield Palm Desert in Palm Desert, CA, from 2007 to 2008, and a Management Associate at Westfield Mid Rivers in St. Peters, MO, in 2007. He is a native of St. Louis, MO, and holds both Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Public Affairs degrees from MU.
Beth Monson joined the Missouri Telehealth Network team in October 2019 as a Telehealth Coordinator. As a Telehealth Coordinator, she assists specialty care providers in connecting with patients via telehealth to help give access to populations underserved with health care.
Prior to joining MTN, she worked for the UM System for 7 years as a Program Assistant for Government Relations and as an Executive Assistant for University Advancement for 6 years.
Rachel Mutrux joined the MTN in 2002. As director, Rachel is responsible for setting the strategic goals for MTN, managing the day-to-day operations, securing funding for telehealth and overseeing MTN budgets and grants.
Rachel advocates for legislative policy and has a built a strong network of relationships to promote local, state, federal and international telehealth activities and policies.
Rachel is active in the national telehealth affiliation groups and presents locally, regionally and nationally on MTN projects such as Heartland Telehealth Resource Center (HTRC) and Show-Me ECHO.
Michael joined MTN in November 2016 as a business technology analyst. In this role, Michael is responsible for planning and executing technology in coordination with the team for the Show-Me ECHO roll-outs. He also facilitates operational processes and procedures for Show-Me ECHO development. Michael also provides ongoing monitoring, management and troubleshooting for Show-Me ECHO clinics and equipment.
Michael has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in information science and technology from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Sariah Pereira joined the Missouri Telehealth Network in April of 2021. As a Telehealth Coordinator she connects specialized medical providers in more densely populated areas with general practitioners to deliver specialized care to patients in more rural areas. Prior to that, she worked as a CNA then in the Office of Advancement at MU Health Care. Sariah attended the University of Missouri and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelors in Health Science with a focus in Leadership and Policy.
Mary Beth Schneider has been with the Missouri Telehealth Network since September 2000. As the continuing education specialist, she coordinates CME efforts for Show-Me ECHO. She also manages the databases, assists in marketing efforts and coordinates conference exhibit opportunities.
Mary Beth graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing.
Medical Director of Telehealth, Associate Professor, Clinical Child Health, Vice Chair for Quality Improvement, Child Health Department Advocacy Director, Child Health Department
Kristin Sohl, MD, FAAP is an Associate Professor of Clinical Child Health at the University of Missouri, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Vice Chair of the Child Health Department. She is a pediatrician with extensive experience in medical diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of children with a concern of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She is the founder of ECHO Autism, an innovative framework to increase community capacity to care for children with autism and other developmental/behavioral concerns. The ECHO Autism program is viewed as a national model in expanding autism diagnosis and treatment to underserved and rural populations-those currently faced with the longest wait times. The ECHO Autism team has established partnerships with other children’s hospitals and autism centers in more than 15 states and 5 countries. Her research focuses on systems change to improve healthcare and also focuses on understanding the underlying medical conditions in individuals with autism. Dr. Sohl is a tireless advocate for children and enjoys engaging other physicians in being a voice for children’s health. She is the President-Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Missouri Chapter. She completed medical school and pediatric residency at the University of Missouri.
Lisa Wilson joined the MTN team in January 2021 as an ECHO instructor. Lisa is an Adult-Gerontology nurse practitioner, who for the past six years has been working at MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing as a clinical instructor on a CMS initiative. This initiative was known as The Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI). In this role, she worked as an APRN in long- term care, mentored staff and helped to decrease avoidable hospitalizations. She has been recently serving on the Nursing Home-Covid Echo as part of the Hub team. As an experienced registered nurse, she has also worked in acute care and nephrology and brings a passion for quality improvement and teaching the adult learner with her.
Treaka Young, MA, MEd, joined the Missouri Telehealth Network as an Outreach Coordinator in September 2018. She engages organizations to participate in Show-Me-ECHO project. Her experience includes over 19 years in state government and over 25 years as a mental health professional working in behavioral health and with developmental disabled clients. Graduating from Lincoln University with a BS in Sociology, MA in Sociology/Criminal Justice and an MEd in Agency Counseling, she returned to Lincoln to serve as the Director of the Paula J Carter Center on Minority Health and Aging. For the past eight years, Treaka served as the Assistant State Ombudsman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.